Possible Play-Off For Champions League Spot For Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal

With only two games left in the 2016-17 Premier League season, Arsenal's chances of a Top Four finish are dwindling down to nothing!

With the champions decided, second place wrapped up and all three relegation places filled, the race for the top four remains the only narrative of significant interest heading into the Premier League's final day.

On Tuesday night, City host West Brom live on Sky Sports 1 HD while Arsenal are at home to Sunderland on Sky Sports 2 HD. There's even an extreme case: A play-off to decide the UCL spot could be held between both teams if the Boro wins by 2-0 and the Gunners gets a 1-1 draw.

Actual footballing consequences riding on this one, with Liverpool needing a win to make sure of their Champions League place.

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"It hasn't happened and now what we're seeing is nearly a civil war amongst Arsenal fans; you've got the "Wenger Ins" and the "Wenger Outs".

But if Man City are as good as safe, the same can not be said of Liverpool, who are only one point ahead of the Gunners heading into the final weekend. "After that you deal with what happens", Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, referring to the fact that his side have more points than they managed as runners-up in 2015-16.

Arsene Wenger has guided Arsenal to at least a top four finish in each of his previous 20 seasons at the helm and momentum appears to be on the side of the Gunners, as they have won six of their last seven league games.

We will need Liverpool to not win, or Manchester City to lose to have any chance of climbing into the top four, and we may to do so without some key players.

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So, assuming Arsenal can take care of Everton, it truly is all down to that Liverpool/Middlesbrough game. Yes, clubs are still jostling for a better share of the Premier League prize money pot determined by their final finishing place, but most of the headlines have already been written. If they win, they'll secure a spot for the Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur overhauled them initially, but then along came City, funded by Abu Dhabi's petrodollars, and Liverpool found that the combination of a loss of Champions League earnings, the emergence of wealthier rivals and competing in the Europa League proved too hard to overcome. If we can do our business this summer then the team for next season will be really strong.

Wenger's future at the club is uncertain.

Arsenal will not have that advantage next season and, as United have discovered during this campaign, a 15-game slog to the final takes a heavy toll on form and fitness, with league results suffering as a outcome.

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